Anna Maria: Save history, refurbish city pier

A great blue heron keeps an eye out for a meal on the T-end of the Anna Maria City Pier Feb. 23. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

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January bed tax sees return to form

Beachgoers relax in the sun and the shade of an umbrella Feb. 17, while others enjoy the Anna Maria shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico. It was a beautiful day of clear skies, no wind and temperatures in the 70s …

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‘Dateline’ to air island mystery

Former Manatee County Sheriff’s homicide investigator John Kenney, left, and MCSO Detective Jeffrey Bliss look over evidence in the case of Sabine Musil-Buehler on camera for the “Dateline” show that will air — barring unpredictable NBC network changes — at …

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ame talent show shake it off

Kindergarteners Ella Dilley, Savanna Coba, Taylor June Morey, Maya Suzor and Emma Stinehelfer perform Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” for family and friends gathered in the Anna Maria Elementary School auditorium Feb. 3. for the annual talent show. Click here …

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Crescent Drive fire snuffed

Harry Filkins, seated, and two family members listen Jan. 30 as Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Hartley and West Manatee Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Rich Losek describe damage to his home, 140 Crescent Drive, Anna Maria. Filkins said he smelled …

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Storm wins…

John Maguire surveys the damage to his 20-foot bait boat — sunk alongside the Bridge Street Historic Pier — by the Jan. 17 storm. It was raised and brought to the dinghy dock by the pier, where Scott Petelli lounges …

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First responders halt gas leak

As vapors shoot from a ruptured line — the natural gas main for Anna Maria Island at 26th Street and Gulf Drive — West Manatee Fire Rescue Lt. Paul Hopkins and Jay Colina, a technician for TECO Peoples Gas, work …

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Sunk in Cortez

The San Francesco rests on the bottom Jan. 10 at the Seafood Shack Marina in Cortez, where Jed Lippincott, chief operating officer, said the Jan. 9 rains overpowered the water pumps that keep the ship afloat. The San Francesco, built …

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Clancy patrons cold-plunge for cause

The eighth annual Shamrock Shiver — an event put on Jan. 1 by Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub & Grill on Cortez Road in Bradenton — at Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach benefits Caring for Children Charities. Taking the plunge are …

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Recovery on the beach

The scene where Sabine Musil-Buehler’s body was recovered in October, buried in the sand under a pavilion since Nov. 4, 2008, on the beach in Holmes Beach. The site is near the beach access that leads to the Gulf waters …

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